Cruise with Aurora Expeditions
George Basin to Prince Regent River
Careening Bay where PP King was able to careen the Mermaid on his voyage
mapping the Kimberleys
& Robyn whom we had not seen since ’98 in St Martin in the
Caribbean on their boat Stylopora.
no idea that they were going to be on our cruise so imagine our surprise when
appeared at the life jacket drill on the first night!
and crew Crew serving the BBQ
more Bubbly David?
Justin, Len & Simone after changing David’s wet bed! – No I
didn’t do it this time the cabin flooded
burst salt water pipe feeding the desalinator, one of the reasons for a lack
of fresh water on the ship.
evening they found 20 tonnes of fresh water in a void tank that should not
have been there –
feeding the first officer’s hand wash basin had burst resulting in the
flood and 2 burnt out water pumps.
Canyon – a Lost Eden
place for a swim
Who pulled the plug out?
We arrive an hour before high water for our
visit and when we tried to leave the tide was falling fast
grounding the tender. Try as we might we
had left it too late and she was stuck fast until the next high water at
10.30 that night
Water Monitor just stayed put sunbathing whilst we took his photo
Explorer went aground 1 hour after high water!!!
This photo was taken just 2 ½ hours after
high water, with 12 metre tides the water goes out a long way! After we
had all resigned ourselves to a long 10 hr. wait in an ideal spotof lost
paradise, we were rescued by another cruise ship’s tender which
involved wading through black sticky mud and sliding down rocks to reach it
morning, off on our 9 Km walk to Kunmunya across wild rock hopping country
This was where Mike had spent a year living
in the wilderness and used to make this trek once or twice a week to carry
supplies that had been landed with him and Susan 5 Km back to camp there are
no paths or tracks just rocks and harsh scrub land
I say about rocks?
catches a baby Freshwater Croc at a waterfall which was our first rest on our
way to Mikes camp
too small for a handbag
way back to the coast, tripping on rocks covered by tall grasses
Russet Shark circles the boat